Figure Name anesis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Bullinger (1898) ("anesis; or, abating")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms abating
Etymology an'-e-sis "a loosening, relaxing, abating"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Pragmatic

1. Adding a concluding sentence (or clause) that diminishes the effect of what has been said previously. The opposite of epitasis. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Addition of Conclusion by way of lessening the Effect... This is the opposite of Epitasis; the addition of a concluding sentence which diminishes the effect of what has been said. (Bullinger, 479)


1. She had set more track records than any woman in the country. She had more stamina, skill, and perseverance than many of the best, but she had broken her leg and would not be competing this year. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. 2 Kings 5:1. -"Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man of valour, but he was a leper": and therefore all his grandeur and importance counted for nothing. (Bullinger, 479)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of Substraction
Related Figures epitasis, meiosis, charientismus, subtraction
Notes The opposite of epitasis. Is this semantic or pragmatic? Or both? should be addition not omission Subtraction is not a figure, it's a class of figures or a strategy. Gk. "a loosening, relaxing, abating" Subtraction is a synonym for omission and so we've changed the type of from opposition to omission
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Last Editor Ioanna Malton
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